Public use restrictions on the Blue Mountain and Prairie City ranger districts of the Malheur National Forest will be reduced to Phase B Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Phase B allows the use of campfires in designated recreation sites only. Restrictions pertaining to the use of chainsaws, off road travel, generators and smoking remain in effect.
A list of designated recreation sites is available on the forest website. Liquefied or bottled gas stoves and heaters are allowed for cooking and heating.
Campfires are not permitted on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District on the southern half of the forest, which is still on Phase C of public use restrictions.
Operating an internal combustion engine, such as a chainsaw, is prohibited. This restriction applies to all internal combustion engines except motor vehicles. Firewood cutting is not allowed.
It is prohibited to operate a motorized vehicle off National Forest roads, on roads where vegetation or other flammable material comes into contact with the vehicle’s undercarriage or on a closed National Forest road, including roads where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berm, logs, boulders, barrier, barricade or gate.
Generators will only be allowed in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material, when fully contained within a pickup truck bed that is devoid of all flammable material or when factory installed in a recreational vehicle and the generator exhaust discharge is located in the center of an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.
Smoking is only allowed within enclosed vehicles, buildings and developed recreation sites or when stopped in an area cleared of all flammable material.
Regulated closures are also in effect on state and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry.
For more information, call 541-575-3000 or visit fs.usda.gov/malheur.